Kickin' It With Carl
The plate races, you don't have to race for the first 9/10 of the day. You can just ride around in the back and try your hardest to avoid the wrecks -- and that's what I decided to do.
When I saw him turn low, I tried to just turn low to stay in front of him... but he was already inside of me. I didn't turn down too much across his nose. I had just, just started to turn and he just held his ground... and it didn't take much at that point. As soon as I got sideways, it was over, and he just stayed in the gas and kept going.
And when I hit the fence, I could see the fence posts from my view inside the car. And that was a little bit scary, because I didn't know how high I was or what was going on. And there for a second after that, I was a little nervous because it was a real strange situation I'd never been in before. And I just wasn't sure exactly how bad the impact was or if anything was wrong.
My brother joked around and he said, "Yeah, everybody on TV said you were joking, but I know you and I know you're thinking, maybe this counts." And I was ... I was thinking, "Maybe this counts for something."
I also didn't know people in the grandstand were hurt at that point. No one said anything about people being hurt in the stands.
I didn't realize it until after I landed in Washington, D.C. that night. We went to a Ford Fusion hybrid event; we landed, and
That's a feeling I've never had before and I never want to have again. It was a real eye-opener as to how serious this can be. We race cars, and we all wreck and we know we can get hurt ... that's something we all accept. But I don't think part of my job is people in the grandstands getting hurt.
She was really nice... and she's a trooper. Her dad had told her, "Hey, we oughta move because those last laps can get really crazy," and she said, "Nope, I want to stay right here." And she was enjoying the race when it happened... but she said it was no sweat, that the good Lord was looking on down on her and she was going to be fine. It was cool to hear her say that.
So ... I'm just glad everybody's alright and I'm glad it worked out the way it did where it's something we can talk about and even joke around about a little bit. That's good, and we're real lucky it wasn't something worse.
And now ... I feel better. I feel like I understand NASCAR's position a little bit better, and they understand mine and certain drivers' positions a little bit better.
The bottom line is, everyone is in this together. NASCAR is the greatest form of motorsports on earth. It's unreal, and it's cool to be a part of it. So, I believe something good will come out of this. And it's good to be able to come out of there, close the door, have a good meeting and understand one another. Hopefully something positive comes out of it.
It's a real tough situation ... and I don't know the answer. It's something that's been debated by many drivers much more experienced than myself, and I don't know how we're going to fix it. But hopefully we will.
My buddy that farms with me, he grows a big garden. It's like a quarter acre of all different stuff, and I have a very small part in it. But he lets me eat some of the produce he grows from it ... good food.
And you gotta have a "yes" box and a "no" box. And you're going to be tempted to put that "maybe" box in there... but just be a true player. No "maybe" box ... you just want to know yes or no.
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So you're on the brakes real hard into 1, you go around and try and stay right on the bottom ... and coming out of turn 2, the wall comes up real quick. It's easy to smack the fence, so you gotta be really careful. The back straightaway is real straight. There's a little bit of braking in the corner going into turn 3, there's a little bump you go over ... the car kind of slides sideways right to the bottom. You get down all the throttle you can coming out of 4, though, because the front straightaway opens up into a big circle and you build a lot of speed up there.
It's a very fun track.